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Takashi Homma: Camera Obscura image of The Chrysler Building

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For one day only, photographer Takashi Homma leads a participatory camera obscura workshop to photograph the Chrysler Building. Step inside a camera! 

We are constructing a rooftop camera obscura (also known as a pinhole camera) large enough for participants to step into and make their own photographic print. Saturday, May 2nd, 11am & 2pm. 

Space is extremely limited. Please send an email to <> to apply for a reservation. Note: This does not guarantee a reservation to the workshop. We will respond to your email to let you know if we can accommodate your requested reservation. If your application is accepted, we will inform you of the venue address and access information. 

Once inside the camera, participants will see a reverse image of the city projected into the camera. Takashi Homma will give a 10-minute lecture about the history of the camera obscura, discussing how painters used this camera technique to improve accuracy in their paintings. Participants will be given a white sheet onto which to draw a trace of the projected cityscape. Next, we will use instant film placed in the same position as the drawing that was just completed. Participants will go home with 6x6 instant film original print. Note: Results depend on weather conditions. 

There are two sessions available: 11am and 2pm. Seating is limited to only 7 participants per time slot. Participation in the workshops requires advance reservation. This is a free event.